A floating hotel, for the sailor in you?

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Where: Leinster, County Westmeath, Ireland

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When: 04 April 1968

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I always thought that a cruise ship was a floatel, but Mr. O’Dea has found one down in Athlone! I seem to remember a move to have some of these to take asylum seekers back in the 1990’s, but this dates from 1968? I wonder was it a success?

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection: O’Dea Photograph Collection


Date: Thursday, 4 April 1968

NLI Ref.: ODEA 54/2

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Dr. Ilia

    • 24/Jun/2020 07:00:09

    remarkable image

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 24/Jun/2020 07:28:03

    4 April 1968 was a Thursday ...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 24/Jun/2020 07:41:47

    I think Mr O'Dea was bang in the middle of the bridge - goo.gl/maps/5XNSzNBWUAfse9N76

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    Foxglove

    • 24/Jun/2020 07:48:32

    A few months back, NLI posted a photo of 4 men in a rowing boat laying power cables to Tory, with this I feel my health and safety flag fluttering. why not just add an attic ! with velux windows

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Jun/2020 08:05:29

    The Shannon Queen

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Jun/2020 08:09:57

    Per this irish waterways history page:The two hulls were Dutch barges; the hotel had 22 bedrooms, a 150-person function room, kitchens and a bar. It operated as a hotel from 1968 to 1971 and was then a floating pub for some time. So brand new in this shot. Edit: Looking closer, it isn't new, it is still under construction.

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    Foxglove

    • 24/Jun/2020 08:11:01

    does anyone else see the menacing eye in the window on right? this whole image is giving me the heebeegeebees

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 24/Jun/2020 08:15:20

    Should we bring in a tag for heebeegeebees?

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    John_A68

    • 24/Jun/2020 08:48:59

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove Yes 😮

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 24/Jun/2020 09:03:23

    I see an OMG face 😮 in that pale pointy house (see note), perhaps as a result of looking at the Shannon Queen's backside.

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    cargeofg

    • 24/Jun/2020 10:20:27

    I remember it been pointed out to us as children when we would be on our way down to Co Clare. Have no memory of it in 1977/78 when I lived in digs in Athlone for a year.

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    suckindeesel

    • 24/Jun/2020 12:46:04

    Just behind the barge and that shed is the rear entrance to Sean's Bar en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean%27s_Bar , purveyor of fine Irish Coffees and possibly the oldest bar in Ireland, if not Europe. Folklore claims that Athlone is named after the original proprietor, Luan. I moored somewhere around there in '68, but have no memory of the "Queen". Rather my recollections are that it was the time of the Czech Spring and the Paris riots. It seemed a time of change and unlimited possibilities. But, same old, same old.

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    John Spooner

    • 24/Jun/2020 13:08:43

    Belfast Telegraph - Saturday 10 February 1968 Belfast Telegraph - Saturday 10 February 1968

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    John Spooner

    • 24/Jun/2020 13:23:54

    Belfast Telegraph - Wednesday 03 March 1971 Belfast Telegraph - Wednesday 03 March 1971

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    suckindeesel

    • 24/Jun/2020 16:12:31

    It actually went cruising? Perhaps that's why I didn't see it. Very sexist ad, not PC at all. So, some things did change. Calling 7 nights 8 days and pricing in guineas is a little sneaky and how come 8 days is priced at both 32 and 35 Guineas?

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    Salty Windows

    • 25/Jun/2020 18:51:53

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Looks far too small for a hotel even if a second story was added. Just about enough room there for a two bed apartment.